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05.12.2010 Agriculture

Government is still committed to agriculture - Shama DCE

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Government is still committed to agricultural development that will ensure food security in the country, the District Chief Executive for Shama, Ms Emelia Arthur, has said.

She said the Assembly had established Agriculture Support Scheme, which had disbursed GH¢30,000 to farmers and fishmongers.

Ms Arthur said this at this year's District Farmers' Day celebration at Assorku-Essaman on Friday under the theme: "Grow More Food".

Giving the breakdown for the disbursement, Ms Arthur said GH¢5,000 had been given to Abuesi Fishmongers Association, GH¢11,000 to the Suporm Dunkwa Palm Fruit Out-growers Association, GH¢5,000 to Livestock Association at Inchaban and GH¢2,000 to Grasscutter Farmers at Aboadze.

The District Chief Executive noted because the country's population had increased over the years, the Assembly hoped to produce adequate, affordable and available food to feed people for a healthy and productive workforce.

Ms Arthur indicated that the Youth in Agriculture Programme had been introduced in the district and so far 31 farmers had benefited from it. She said 100 farmers had been trained to engage in the Inland Valleys Rice Development Project (IVRDP), which was expected to develop over 1,473 hectares of potential inland valleys in five regions in the country.

This is expected to yield an average of 476 tons of paddy rice, Ms Arthur said. She said rice mill factory was being constructed at Ohiamadwen in the district for rice processing.

She noted that Government had subsidized fertilizers to farmers throughout the country to enhance crop production and ensure food security.

In all, 27 farmers were awarded with items ranging from bicycles, sewing machines, cutlasses, wellington boots, among other farm inputs. Mr Emmanuel Homey of Badukrom was adjudged the District Best Farmer.

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